Maui County Beach Parks Reopen, Tsunami Advisory Cancelled

September 16, 2015, 5:23 PM HST · Updated September 17, 1:25 PM
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Life in Kahului was returning to normal after an overnight tsunami warning that forced the evacuation of low-lying areas. On Sunday morning, October 28, 2012, activity at Kahului Harbor was minimal, with no visible signs of damage along the shoreline fronting the Hawaiian Canoe Club. Photo by Wendy Osher,

Kahului Harbor. File photo by Wendy Osher.

UPDATE 7:45 a.m. 9/17/15: Maui County Beach Parks will reopen today at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.  This comes following the cancellation of the Tsunami Advisory at 7:33 a.m. that was in effect overnight for the state.  Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio for any updates.

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(Previous Post: 5:23 p.m. 9/16/15)

County Beach Parks in Maui County will close until further notice due to a tsunami advisory issued for the state.

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The advisory was issued following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of  Chile on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2015.

All Maui County beach parks will close at their usual time but will stay closed on Thursday morning, Sept. 17, 2015, until further notice.

An update will be issued after ocean conditions are assessed on Thursday.

At this time, a major tsunami event is not expected; however, higher sea levels and strong currents may still occur.

For this reason, Maui Civil Defense is advising all residents and visitors to stay out of the ocean and away from coastlines from 3 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, until further notice.

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